The Short Happy Life Of Francis Macomber: Analysis

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Debbie Bernard Venegas The story is told in third person point of view, even if dialogues are present in the text, the narrator is omniscient, he knows everything about the characters, the situations they go through and the events of the story; additionally, he allows the reader know the character’s thoughts; on the other hand, a particular characteristic of Hemingway is that he does not give away all the information he has. The reader is aware that the narrator knows everything, but the narrator omits some information in order to keep the reader interested and to force the reader’s mind to work trying to understand and figure out what has not been told. Hemingway uses very simple language, common words. In some sentences, African words such as_ Bwana and _Shauri appear in a pair of sentences on the text and the Asian word Memsahib is used by Wilson to refer to Margot during the whole text. Hemingway describes every situation perfectly, for instance, the scene with the lion he even describes what the lion is feeling, how is he acting and what he is planning to do in order to attack the men. “_All of him, pain, sickness, hatred and all of his remaining strength, was tightening into an absolute concentration for a rush. He could hear the men talking and he waited, gathering all of himself into his preparation for a charge…” _(p16). Finally, this whole text is full with irony, starting with the title, certainly, the happy period of the life of Francis is really short, it lasts less than a minute; hence, the tone of the story is ironic. For instance, Wilson always refers to Margaret as Memsahib, an Asian word that was used as a very respectful way to refer a very respectable woman, although he does not seem to respect her at
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